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Political Participation in the United States

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J. Baughman, K. Bedecarré

Course Long Title

Political Participation in the United States


Citizen participation lies at the heart of democratic decision making, but its importance extends well beyond formal tools like voting. This course explores the many ways in which Americans participate in politics and voice demands on the government, both formally and informally, from letters to the president to demonstrations in the streets. Students also look at who uses these tools, including the ways in which class, race, and gender affect political influence. Prerequisite(s): one of the following: PLTC 115, 122, or 125.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Identities & Interests), (PLTC: Institutional Politics)

INDS Program Relationship

IDAM - AMST Program